August 5, 2016 Subject:
Yeah, you know, for a '95 show you could (and did) do a lot worse. Here in Eyes there's a moment where Jer is playing with his new toy, the Digitech Whammy pedal, to glorious faux-pedal steel effect. The Unbroken is as good as you'll get on this tour. Yep. A 3. That's the cream of 95.
July 6, 2011 Subject:
I wasn't able to get on the bus until Raleigh 1990 so I only have the 90's to compare any show with and this was a nice one. It really gets me down to hear all you old heads puttin down the 90's and even 80's because you had sooooo many shows to compare with. Well a LOT of us did not and we STILL got plenty of the magic they continuously conjured up every time they played. No era was any better or worse than before or after, different? OH yes, ABSOLUTELY. They may have had more energy in the 70's and 80's but duhhh, they were younger and healthier. They all had their deals, on nights, off nights but they all played as hard as they could for us whenever they played. Jerry had diabete's, which a lot of us know causes circulation problems in the extremedies. He had his way of dealing with it, and us, and everyone condems him for it and that is just wrong to say he was the demise of the Dead because all he did, all he was, was to play cool music with his friends in front of us, and DAMN!! YOU GUYS SURE DID, and ARE! I dare say anyone could ever play as well and as tight as the Grateful Dead at any time of their existence.
Still everyone is entitled to their opinion, just don't start pointing fingers because (we've all heard this) there are 3 pointing right back acha. If you wanna blame someone, the blame is on us for putting them on a pedestal and expecting them to blow it up everynight.
4 Stars - 5 if I could hear Phil! (but no sub on my work computer)
Reviewer:spirit of eden
April 8, 2009 Subject:
This is a gorgeous soundboard. I was at the previous night , and its a delight to have it in sbd format
Now , if we had Albany June 21 on sbd and three rivers J 30th . At least we have what we have , which is a lot
August 15, 2008 Subject:
The end of the road...
This was the back end of what proved to be a dismal two-night farewell to the STL. I was at 7/5 and, even though I have three sources from that show, I cannot bring myself to listen to them, even 13 years after the fact. I hadn't seen the band since an Alpine Valley show in the mid-80s, and I guess I just wasn't prepared to accept how much time (and Jerry's tragic personal decline) had taken its toll on the band, the music, and the scene. In the end, I suppose, that show is just not a memory I care to revisit.
According to friends who attended both nights, this was supposed to be the better of the two. If so, it was only a marginal improvement. To me, the band (here and on 7/5) was just a mere shadow of its former self, and the players, especially Jerry, sounded tired, creatively spent, and, at times, even bored. On the verge of the end of their long, strange trip, the Grateful Dead were running on fumes.
When it comes to the performance, I could drink a little kool-aid and summon up a half-hearted, "This was a pretty good show for '95." But, I don't grade Dead shows on a curve, and the truth is nothing they played during the Riverport run -- including the Stella in this show -- comes within shouting distance of their best performances of the same material at other times and places. By the time it rolled into St. Louis, the band's best days had clearly come and gone, and it was all over, as we would discover a little over a month later, but the crying.
Technically, this source has a number of flaws.
It's a very right-handed mix: a balance adjustment of 19.0% to the left channel opens up the stereo image and clarifies the vocals and instruments.
It has the same speed issues present in all sources from this lineage: a 97.326% speed adjustment (which I arrived at using some convoluted, and probably suspect, inter-source math) brings the speed somewhere close to reality. YMMV.
The two Truckin's listed in the text file are actually overlapping, and the latter can be used to replace the former.
He's Gone has a 3-second dropout starting at about 8:00. A good patch source exists.
The Drumz > Space segment clips on almost a thousand samples. Running it through a declipper improved the sound, without any noticeable side effects.
The set break, between Cassidy and Eyes, has an abrupt ending and beginning, with about three or four seconds of silence tacked on the end of Cassidy. Again, a candidate for patching.